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How does a statute differ from a Public Act?
Public Acts are bills that have become law. The Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) are a cumulative organization of Public Acts into a coherent framework. Most, but not all, Public Acts are incorporated into the Illinois Compiled Statutes. Some Public Acts and portions of Public Acts, such as those authorizing land conveyances or making appropriations, are not included in the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

What is available on this site
The version of the Illinois Compiled Statutes that appears on this site is updated on an ongoing basis. Recent Public Acts may not yet be incorporated into the version of the Illinois Compiled Statutes that appears on this site. Those Public Acts will be incorporated at a later time.

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Organization of the statutes
See Organization of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) for a discussion of the organization of the statutes.

Multiple versions of statutes
Sometimes this site shows multiple versions of a Section of the statutes.  This is usually because multiple Public Acts amend the same Section, multiple new Sections have the same Section number, a Public Act has a delayed effective date, or a version of the Section has been held to be unconstitutional.  There is a parenthetical reference above each version that shows the derivation of the version.  For information concerning construction of multiple versions and the process of combining them, see 5 ILCS 70/6 and Chapter 70 of the Illinois Bill Drafting Manual.  For information concerning renumbering Sections that have the same Section number, see Section 70-15 of the Illinois Bill Drafting Manual.  For information concerning multiple versions resulting from delayed effective dates and unconstitutionality, see Section 25-50 of the Illinois Bill Drafting Manual.

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This site contains provisions of the Illinois Compiled Statutes and Public Acts of Illinois from databases that were created for the use of the members and staff of the Illinois General Assembly. The provisions have NOT been edited for publication, and are NOT in any sense the "official" text of the Illinois Compiled Statutes and Public Acts of Illinois as enacted into law. The accuracy of any specific provision originating from this site cannot be assured, and you are urged to consult the official documents or contact legal counsel of your choice. This site should not be cited as an official or authoritative source.